Yarnies - Love or Hate?

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  1. flyfishmt

    flyfishmt Active Member

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    I called a NW Washington fly shop to get a little information for my upcoming trip to Forks. The salesman gave me great advice on where to float and where not to along with a lot of other great information. When I asked what flies to use, he told me Yarnies, which I had never heard of. He also told me how to fish them, which is very similar to nymph fishing here in Montana.

    I did some Googling and found out more about them, but a lot sites were from spin fisherman. My thoughts are that they are just big Glo-bugs. I also fished with Jim Kerr two years ago and remembered these are what we used from his drift boat, but did not remember him calling the Yarnies.

    My question to WFF, is what are your thoughts on Yarnies?
     
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  2. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    They are easy to tie, simple, but most importantly, effective. Anything that meets that criteria is all good to me!
     
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  3. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    depends how you want to fish. from the boat? from the shore? spey rods?

    the only time i would fish yarn flies would be when the good swing water is blown out and i'm forced to fish small streams. nymphing rivers with such a long and storied fly fishing history seems odd imo, but during december fishing over hatchery fish it will certainly bring more fish to hand.
     
  4. underachiever

    underachiever !

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    I neither love them or hate them but I do think of them as similar to glo-bugs.
     
  5. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Oh crap, here we go again! Bummed I didn't get in before Chris tried to convince you of how evil you are for wanting to use an effective method to catch fish.
     
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  6. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Yarnies are legit.

    I do like tying marabou speys, and little Sol Doc speys to imitate them. Am I going to hell for nymphing with spey flies?

    If i had a choice of yarnie or bead...I'd use a bead.
     
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    underachiever !

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  8. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Heavies...

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    Yarnies crush everything that swims. You can never have too many. Buy a pro pack of size 2 owner mosquito hooks. Cerise, orange, pink, chartreuse and white UV bling yarn. Cut a pile of 1" long pieces of various colors. Take each piece and divide into 4 equal pieces. Start your thread on your hook. Toss a piece on, wrap a couple times with thread. Next piece on. Wrap. More yarn... Wrap. Whip finish. Pop it out of your vice and pinch all the yarn and pull it back and give it one trim with your scissors to even it up and give it a roundish profile. Done.

    I typically use 4 pieces in each yarnie but go as sparse as 3 on some bugs. Sparse is fishy. That's the simplest format and I tie and fish those little beauties with confidence.

    Almost wish I had yarn here with me in Chile. Guess I will tie another swinger.... Enjoy your trip.
     
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  9. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I've wondered at times how a rag would fish on something like an iFlight and a long t-11/t-14 head.
     
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    Not as well as they do on my Sage CT290 and Daiwa Zillion. ;)
     
  11. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    evil? i never said that but what's a nymphing thread without some misquoting with a side of butthurt.
     
  13. Seriously what reel pairs with my deathstar
     
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    Yarnies = chrome
     
  15. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    No misquote, just good ole fashion inference. "...nymphing rivers with such a long and storied fly fishing history seems odd imo..." Besides eggs are not nymphs, in the insect world the egg happens before the larval stage and in a complete metamorphosis it is then before the larval and pupal/nymph stage. In this case though the egg pattern in question is most likely matching the salmon egg hatch (you know matching a hatch in fly fishing, you know actually throwing something at fish that they actually are attempting to eat, doesn't get more traditional than that, so not throwing egg patterns in these hallowed water is by far more odd than throwing them). Do you think if those who first fished the the OP rivers would have know about the effectiveness of vertical presentations that they would have not used it because it worked well? Is it possible that they stuck with swinging because there were more fish and they didn't have to do anything else? I imagine that if they were faced with the same numbers of fish and the option of the techniques, that these storied characters would laugh at all the people who fall back on tradition/respect for the fish/yada yada for not actually using what works.

    flyfishmt, the more people are up in arms about your approach, the more likely it is that it works.